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Budget 2019: FM Sitharaman ditches colonial-era briefcase for 'bahi khata'

Sitharaman was seen carrying the red cloth wrapped budget papers that was neatly bound with the auspicious yellow and red ribbon

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Nirmala Sitharaman, Budget 2019
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gestures as she leaves her office to present the federal budget in the parliament in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

Setting a new precedent Union Finance Minister on Friday was seen hugging the documents wrapped in a red cloth, the traditional 'bahi khaata' way, instead of the leather briefcase that until now her predecessors walked around with.

Chief Economic Advisor K. Subramanian said that it was a departure from "slavery of western tradition". The red cloth symbolises the 'bahi khaata' traditionally used in every Indian business set up to maintain accounts.

Sitharaman was seen carrying the red cloth wrapped papers that was neatly bound with the auspicious yellow and red ribbon. The Lion Capital shone brightly on top of the bahi khaata, as the first-time Finance Minister walked out of the North Block.

Traditionally until now all former Finance Ministers have carried their Document in a hardbound leather briefcase that takes after the parallel British custom -- much like many of India's laws and Parliamentary practices.

Even Piyush Goyal, who presented the Interim Budget in February had carried a briefcase of colour and size of his choice and posed for the iconic photograph outside Finance Ministry and then Parliament building.

She will be present the first budget of Modi 2.0 at 11 am today.

First Published: Fri, July 05 2019. 10:54 IST
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